Five original greeting cards featuring fabrics, beads and threads from MaryEllenBeads.

Original Greeting Cards Change Time

Five original greeting cards featuring fabrics, beads and threads from MaryEllenBeads.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Original Greeting Cards

Do you enjoy receiving original greeting cards and hand-written sentiments?

It’s the little things that make the fabric of our lives enjoyable, weaving unexpected pleasurable connections with others. Unexpected magic morphs from a caring thought expressed in a written message with a hand-addressed envelope in the mailbox. If you’ve received such a treat, you know time stills.

Worry fades.

Deadlines cease to matter.

You immerse yourself in the present moment, released from the clock and open the envelope. A magical connection with your heart opens possibilities as you examine the contents of your letter. Everything looks brighter, unexpectedly different.

The joy of the original greeting cards is only one example of a changed relationship with time. I re-discovered this truth as a result of Jeffrey Davis and his Tracking Wonder Tour.  He presented multiple questions and repeatedly urged his audience to explore possibilities during a short presentation I attended.

The resonance of change-making experiences caused me to join the #DaretoExcel challenge on a whim. The challenge consists of a self-paced program in which participants receive dares every other day. Each dare prompts the recipient to break out of self-imposed limiting thoughts. #DaretoExcel #7 invited me to change my relationship with time.

My relationship with time changes when I reach for a needle and thread and my beads and begin CREATING.

These three rectangles will make original greeting cards.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Original Greeting Cards – starting rectangles

I choose the mindlessness of hand-sewing when I need to let my mind wander or release myself from the clock. The process of free-form stitching relaxes me. I quickly make three, then five, then more rectangles. It’s these little creations that will become greeting cards.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Original Greeting Cards, Lines and Dots

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Original Greeting Cards, Lines and Dots

 

The art of handcrafting cards pleases me. It gives me pleasure to honor friends and family with something I’ve made. My greeting becomes more thoughtful, and the time spent crafting the card is my gift.

Bits of forgotten fabric come alive with a bit of attention. Tiny buttons in ordinary colors become flower centers. A stitch of ribbon adds prettiness. Fiber, sequins, or a few rows of stitching opens the imagination to the vision of a garden, or interesting lines, or some new rectangle to say “Hello!” or, “I’m thinking of you.”

Three batik cards are original greeting cards from MaryEllenBeads.

©2015, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Original Greeting Cards, Batik cards

My original greeting cards open me to wonder and magic and a different view of time.

How will you change your relationship with time?